WHY IT’S #NOSCREENTIME FOR OUR FAMILY

When you go online nowadays, you’d see a lot of articles on experts talking about screentime. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one of the resources many parents go to, recommends no screentime for children younger than 18 months (with the exception of video chatting), and for 18-24 months of age, adults must watch it with the children to help them understand what they’re seeing.

According to them, “too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time during the day to play, study, talk, or sleep.”

When I was pregnant, my husband and I agreed to raise baby P without depending on screentime, and apart from the things mentioned by the AAP above, I’m sharing our reasons why we avoid screentime as much as possible.

Just a little disclaimer: As of writing, baby P is 15 months old and has not depended on screentime to this day. We do not use it as a pacifier, there are no apps on our phones for him, and we don’t have a ritual of watching particular shows with him. However, maybe on two or three occasions, we did show him videos of cats purring (as in we just looked for videos of actual cats on YouTube) because he’s just so into cats. Also, he sees us use our phones and would sometimes see what we’re looking at. We allow him to explore our phones when he gets it from us, but have learned to put it in lock mode. That way, after a few clicks, all he sees is that page asking you for the password. We feel that this way, his curiosity to explore is answered, but he soon learns that’s all he can do with the phone then moves on. Lastly, we do use the phone with baby P to chat with our family abroad, or my mom.

A little more update: P is now 2 years old, and we do allow him to borrow our phones, but not for apps (we don’t have apps for him) – he likes going to the “flower”, that photo icon of apple phones. He goes to the flower to view his photos and videos, and photos and videos of his older cousin. This is the most “screentime” he gets, and not for a long time definitely.

Moving on, these reasons are a mix of my observations and studies I have read about (in no particular order).

  • It takes away the opportunity for the child to observe his/her environment. We always get comments about how baby P is so focused, or so interested in everyday things – in real life, basically. To be honest, this is the normal for us since he is an only son, and truthfully speaking, we don’t go around looking at other babies and comparing each one of them. But after thinking hard about it, we feel that he can focus for a long time and is very curious about everyday objects because that’s the natural (or typical) development of a child, if given a chance. Learning about the world is how they make sense of it, and this learning is a natural process they go through. However, things like screentime can hinder this progress, because the child tends to focus on the screen than the world around him/her. I feel like our son easily picked up what we do at home without actual teaching (like wiping the table after eating, wiping the floor when liquid spills, using a broom to clean our mess, etc) because he has no distraction. Screentime can easily distract a child from observing the world around him/her. I feel it’s unfair to expect a child to do certain things and tasks when they reach a certain age when we don’t give them a distraction-free opportunity to observe, learn, and do. Children need time to perfect their skills (like us adults, too). They can’t just clean the floor perfectly overnight. It’s a skill they learn through observation and repetition. If they are given screentime all the time, this window to learn is lost. You know what’s more? Do you know how a child learns to talk? There is one very important thing they need to see to be able to develop language: our mouths! To be able to replicate what we tell them, they need to see our mouths move. Their observation of how we make every syllable work is very important (that’s why we are often advised to talk slowly to a child to help him/her grasp our language better, just like how we would talk to a foreigner, or how a foreigner talks to us when we want to understand each other better). Have you ever noticed an infant of about four months staring intently at your mouth while you talk? That’s because infants begin to learn language by looking at how we pronounce our words. Screentime takes out this opportunity. And it’s not only language, let me share with you what Psychologist Andre Trindade said in the documentary “The Beginning of Life”:
  • “Many good and advantageous things come and will keep coming from the virtual world. But what is happening now? A loss in observation and eye contact and a loss in the child’s direct contact with things. A baby who sits at the table with their parents and a tablet won’t observe how people eat, he won’t observe how people talk, he won’t observe how pleasant that moment is for people. So it’s a very significant loss.”

One of my very first talks with P, I think when he was about 2 months. I read somewhere that they can actually imitate our sticking out of tongue! I tried it on him and he loved it. We did it many times in his early months.
  • Screentime limits a child’s learning. While we adults use eyes as our dominant sense, children use all their senses to learn about the world. I’m sure you have noticed children eating everything they get hold of. This is one of the many ways they learn. My 4-year-old nephew loves smelling things, and he remembers things by smelling them. One time, I took out my Virgin Coconut Oil and he went up to me and said, “Oh! That’s coconut oil.”. Another time, while at a museum, he went to an herb section and told his parents, “That’s rosemary!”. Touch, hearing, and smell are as important to them as eyesight. When they learn about oranges and apples from gagdet apps instead of actual oranges and apples, they will not get to feel nor smell them, or thoroughly study their size or shape differences. An apple and an orange would have the same texture from an app, and I feel much is lost when children learn this way. I think Raffi Cavoukian (Founder of Centre for Child Honouring) said it best (also from the documentary The Beginning of Life):

“Children in their early years are meant to bond with nature, to have the wonder and the magic of the three-dimensional world imprinted in their hearts and minds. No computer screen will give you a gentle summer breeze. It’s not possible. No scent of spring will come from the screen. No touch that really moves you will come from the artificial representations of the world. Learning in the real world is primary to a positive, formative experience.”

  • Screentime = time away from movement (which is important to learning). This is similar to my previous point, but let me expound. While they can easily manipulate gadgets (see how a child can easily manage to work his/her way around a new phone??? much faster than we can, to be honest!), it will not give them the manipulation they need to learn concepts better as they are only using the same finger or fingers to control different things. When you open a box in an app, you may need to slide up. But this is not how you open a box in real life. Similarly, when you cut an orange or an apple (think Fruit Ninja), you’ll also need to slide your hands up or down, or sideways. You use the same muscles for every single thing, when really, in real life, you will need different muscles to do different things. In real life, there are lots of opportunities to practice the three-finger grip (which is helpful for writing later on), but with gadgets, the chance to practice this is virtually non-existent. When children use their hands to feel, touch, and do, they get a very concrete understanding of what they are learning about.

As Maria Montessori said (from her book The Absorbent Mind), “The skill of man’s hand is bound up with the development of the mind, and in the light of history, we see it connected with the development of civilization. Every great epoch of civilization has left its typical artifacts. In India, there was a craftmanship so refined that it can hardly be imitated at present day. The development of manual skill keeps pace with mental development. Certainly, the more delicate the work, the more it needs the care and attention of an intelligent mind to guide it. For if men had only used speech to communicate their thought, if their wisdom had been expressed in words alone, no traces would remain of the past generation. It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen. The hands, therefore, are connected with mental life. We may put it like this: the child’s intelligence can develop to a certain level without the help of his hand. But if it develops with his hand, then the level it reaches is higher, and the child’s character is stronger.”

In connection to her last line (after reading the rest of her text), my interpretation here is that they are stronger because they are more confident about their skills – they do not feel helpless and actually feel empowered to be able to do things! Screentime, for many children, seem to replace time for movement – both for gross motor and fine motor skills. It also replaces time for actual outdoor play, or imaginative play. Is it a coincidence that there are many children who are going through developmental delays nowadays? Maybe, or maybe not. But this is something that I feel is worth considering and thinking about.

One of our son’s favorite “walkers” back then – a great way to encourage movement!
  • Our gadgets’ blue light is thought to be harmful for our eyes. According to this article, a number of studies have shown that the blue light suppresses melatonin—a hormone that helps the body maintain healthy circadian rhythms. Apart from that, some doctors worry that exposure to blue light from electronic devices may have a negative impact on our eyes. “Blue light is concerning because the cornea and the lens don’t filter it out, so it goes right to the back of the eye,” says Anam Qureshi, MD, clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at NYU Langone in New York City. She says some experts think it might damage the retina and lead to conditions like macular degeneration—though there isn’t any research to back up those concerns. We feel it ourselves, don’t we? When we stare at the screen for long periods, I assume many of us feel the strain. My eyes feel tired, while some people get headaches. Eye experts themselves suggest that our eyes really need rest. Imagine what it can do to a child who is only starting to really develop his/her eyesight. Is it a coincidence that the number of children wearing eyeglasses at a very young age seems to be growing at a larger number these days? This is just my personal observation, most especially after talking to elders. This may or may not be the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a study actually backs this up. [Edit: 02/26/2018 – I just came from our son’s ophthalmologist, and he mentioned one bad effect of too much gadgets: it trains your eyes to focus only on short distances, which I guess limits your eyes from reaching their full potential.]

 

  • Screentime easily becomes a pacifier. I know how tempting this is! And how easy it is to fall into this – because really, you can leave your children with a gadget and be able to do things and work. I know that sometimes, this really seems needed, especially when you’re all alone with your child and you have chores to finish, or other work to do. Personally, I am scared to even start this – because I know how it can be addicting for me (Imagine, I can blog more or make videos, or work more for our travel agency? Or get more sleep and rest!), and similarly, it can be addicting for P (which could sadly even alter his behavior later on). I know it will not do both of us any good in the long run. Screentime is addicting (it rewires your brain and is after all, dubbed the digital heroin) , and freedom from your child so you can do other things can be liberating, so leaving them to their gadgets can be addicting for us, too. Whenever I feel tempted to even try this out, I always think: What did my parents (or yaya/ nanny) do when I was a child? Surely, we dint have gadgets back then. And then, I also always keep in mind: there must be a reason Steve Jobs and other people from the tech world actually limit their own children’s gadget use (and send them to Waldorf schools). I admit, this is a tough one, but thankfully, it’s been 15 months of me holding it off for me and my son.

 

  • Radiation. I am really paranoid about this. I feel like there’s no escaping — we have internet everywhere, phones everywhere. Having a gadget very near you (like what happens to us when we hold our phones near our heads) can be dangerous to our brains, most especially for brains that are still developing, like our child’s. When P gets my phone to pretend that he is calling his Lola, I try to get it from him first to put it on airline mode, and to put the screen on nightlight. I’m not sure what I do helps, but I surely hope it does.

 

  • Gadgets contribute to an unhealthy posture. Have you ever heard of text neck? It’s a term used nowadays for the pain you feel in your neck (or even back) from looking down (probably too much) on your phone. It is real (I found out about it from people we actually know who have it). According to this article, cell phone use can double or triple the weight of your head and can strain your neck. It can then lead to neck, upper back, shoulder, and even arm pain. Just tonight, someone commented on how P has such a straight back. Personally, I attribute it to his freedom of movement and absence of screentime.
Here’s P at 14 months – opening our fridge on his own because even food for him is interesting. PS: Those Vodka bottles contain water, not alcohol. Just thought you might wanna know. Haha.
  • Last, but not the least…I feel like screentime is used because adults think children are bored. Children, by nature do not get bored (read about it HERE). The world is our classroom, and as little humans who are just learning about the world, there are just so many things to be curious and interested about. However, screentime often makes the digital world exciting (fast and precise, just like an action movie!), and in effect, can make real life slow and “boring”. Infant expert and RIE founder Magda Gerber was so right when she said that babies don’t get bored unless parents have conditioned them to require external stimulation and entertainment. Let me just add: often, adults say they use screentime to address the child’s boredom, but really, boredom is an adult concept that is created and introduced to the child the moment we rely on screentime. There are a lot of articles backed up by studies saying that really, less is more. Children don’t need a lot of toys, for like they always say, necessity is the mother of invention. Give them lots of options and their brains will only freeze (I learned this from my favorite show: Brain Games). When you go in a huge store and every item they sell is out, with loud music playing, random categories and too many colors and things, is it easy for you to shop and pick an item you want? How about when you are shopping online or in a store and you are only presented with a few items? Isn’t the second option a more pleasant way to shop? The same effect happens to our children. Present them with too many things (this is essentially what often happens with the usual screentime choices – too many things going on — lots of moving things, lots of singing in the background, then things to press on the foreground, plus somebody talking and laughing, etc) and it’s hard for them to focus. But leave them with just a toy or two, and you can see their concentration and imagination flourish.

So there. These are my thoughts as a product of research, reading, and observation. I may still add a few things later on (I know I stored some articles in connection with this somewhere, but have to find them), but for now, I hope this was a useful/helpful read for you. If you ever reached this post because you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, thank you for your support. I would appreciate if you can drop by here, too, to share your thoughts on the topic. If there’s anything you’d like to add, please feel free to do so.

Bottomline for me is, I know the value of screentime and technology. I appreciate it and I love how things just get more exciting when it’s in video form (like this one– one of my favorite animations to date!), or app form, even! Plus really, I have learned a lot of things just by being online. I learned about Maria Montessori herself from other parents who believe in her (parents I never would have met had I not gone online). So, no, I am not totally against it, but I feel that for a growing child, just like everything in Montessori, they have to learn the basics first: what things are and how they work are best learned through actual experience. However, when baby P is older and I feel that he is ready, we are also open to introducing it. Maybe we can even do movie nights from time to time! For now, more of real life and real experiences it is for our family.

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32 Comments

  1. IG follower here. ☺️ i ‘ve observed that having screentime or letting them use Gadget to watch youtube makes them impatient. Usually they are given specific time to watch and when you stop the tv or take away the gadget, they show tantrums or cry out.

    1. Thank you, Liv. Yes, I noticed that, too. I have a friend who went cold turkey and just took out her children’s iPads one time because they weren’t talking to her anymore. It was tough at first, with withdrawals! But now, it’s so fun to watch them. They even make their own shadow puppet shows now, it’s really cool to witness. So there’s hope. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!:)

  2. I have a 21 month old boy and we are zero screen time too. I constantly get comments about how well-behaved he is in restaurants, how well he entertains himself with his art supplies, how calm and focused he is. We really don’t NEED screens in the way I constantly hear other parents talking about needing them “for a break.”
    I am happy and excited to continue with zero screens at all (save Facetime with grandparents).

    1. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s amazing to see how children can naturally focus when given the chance. Glad to hear it’s working out well for you and your son. 🙂

  3. I wholeheartedly agree with you, however you only have one child, and it’s quite easy to remain screen-free or close to it with one child. My daughter didn’t have any screen time (save a couple of Muppets songs) until she was 2 years, 8 months old. Then her little brother was born with colic, tongue-tie, reflux and general unhappiness/ non-sleepiness. It just about killed me. With my daughter naturally coping with the arrival of her little brother in a testing way, and him being 24/7 needy, Peppa Pig came to the rescue. I’ve been very careful about what (and how much) my children are allowed to watch, but it has become a part of our lives sooner than I would have liked. And of course her little brother has been raised with it, because she is already watching it. I now have twins on the way, and as a solo mama the DVDs are not going to the Op Shop anytime soon, no matter what my philosophies are. Kudos to you but until the situation arises (whatever life-changing event that may be) remember that you are in a position that makes your ideals easier to achieve.

    1. Hi Anna. Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on your pregnancy! I understand and agree with you, taking care of one is definitely easier. This is really one of the reasons why my husband and I are still thinking of whether or not we should consider another baby – because we all know how big a responsibility a child is. Though, like my sister says, she knows of people who regretted having only one child, but she doesn’t know of parents who regretted they had more. So we’ll see, maybe in a few years, haha.

      If you are interested in following other parents who have more children and do no screentime, I personally love following @MidwestMontessori, @Nickav25, and @JodiMockabee online. Locally, you may also follow @TeacherTanyaVelasco, @HindyWeber, and @MonicaManifests. All of those are Instagram accounts.

      If you are leaning more towards doing some screentime, you can also consider doing what @DIYCorporateMom does – she carefully curates her daughter’s YouTube playlist (depending on her interest), and chooses videos that are not too fast that in turn can make real life slow and boring.

      I hope you find your groove soon, momma. And praying for your safe and healthy delivery!:)

    2. Yes whatever works for your family.i have two girls..my 2nd is almost 18mos and watch tv with her sister but i put toys all around and books so that they will not just stare on that screen for hours..i work night shift and grandparents takes over when i need to sleep aftee work. I personally limit ipad use with my eldest and zero use for my 2nd. Filter in a way i know what shows she watched. And yes i agree easier to have one with yayas, family and relatives to the rescue.but to have two or more living here in canada you have to consider other things too but not too much of it just as long to keep your sanity as a mom…also we do have a playroom and i engaged with them as they play.

      1. I understand. We don’t have a yaya and not once did we leave Pablo without any of us with him. We never left him with his grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc alone. It’s always with us, or one of us at least. So I understand how overwhelming it can really be. While I work from just about anywhere, I still have to do work (just not in a physical office), and I find that a prepared environment is what somehow helps me. Yes, even with a prepared environment, it’s challenging to work without interruption, but I do get some work done this way. I also work when he’s sleeping (afternoon naps are the best). 🙂

        Glad you found your groove, momma! 🙂

  4. Thank you for this post. Pretty much sums up all the reasons why we should try our very best to avoid screentime for the babies. 🙂

  5. Wow! After reading this, I think my husband and I need to reconsider letting our son watch the dvd “Baby Can Read”. Just two weeks ago, we both decided to let our 10 month old son to watch the starter dvd because we’ve known someone who use to let his son watch it and at 15mos his baby can actually read and talk straight.

    However,we’ve also discovered that letting him watch that dvd everyday made him recognize the word “cat” which he always sees in our backyard and in his books tho I am still torn between no screentime for babies less than two years old and that Baby can read DVD. Huhuhu

    1. Hi Anj. I’m not familiar with “Baby Can Read” so I googled it and found some negative things about it. Not sure if you’ve seen them, but I’d rather you just do your own research.

      Before researching about it though, my first thought was, by “Baby Can Read”, maybe they mean a baby can memorize? Young children don’t know letters the way we do – they don’t know they are representations of certain sounds and that put together, they spell a word. For them, seeing some letters group together is seen as an image, the way we see a flower, or a table. Just a side story, my nephew, who doesn’t really read yet, knows how to read AIRLINES. No one taught him that, but because they travel a lot (he’s been in so many flights and he’s just 4), I think he associated the word AIRLINES with planes, because for him, the word is not the spelling of AIRLINES, but a graphic/image that he always sees when he’s at the airport or the plane. Haha, I hope i’m making sense?

      Personally, since I follow (mostly) Montessori, I believe we don’t have to teach our children. They will naturally learn through our prepared environments. They will learn when they are ready. But at the end of the day, it is your child and you are his parents, so the decision is really up to you. 🙂 Goodluck! I understand how overwhelming and confusing it can be. <3

      1. Yes, we’ve seen some of the negative feedback of the DVD. But everytime we see the child who always happen to be at home (we’re really fond of him ) we forgot these negative feedback. Haaay. He’s a smarty pants kasi.

        But super thank you for always taking time in responding to my comments/inquiries ❤️ We (together with my husband) learn so much from you. You really are our mommy peg! ❤️ And of course, we love pablo, philip and papa the explorer too!

  6. I totally agree, Paula! I was waiting for you to post this. My husband’s niece who is a year older than Pablo and my son has been on therapy for months now because of speech delay. Because the child is mostly with her yaya, they really cant control or limit screentime since the child was already addicted. The amazing thing though about being in therapy, since I asked my sister-in-law what they do and what types of activity they provide for the children, it was really mostly (if not everything) Montessori! That is why I am so glad about finding your blog just before I gave birth! Am now hooked to a Montessori-inspired upbringing just by following you. Kaya, thank you! This post helped a lot, again! – @mrspunay

    1. Yes, Maria Montessori’s work actually started with children with special needs. Many of her materials (like the pink tower) were used in mental institutions even, and she decided to offer it to children to see what they would do. Funny, cause when I see a therapy place for children, sometimes, my first thought is: “Ohhh, that material would be something interesting for Pablo!” Hehe.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and story.

  7. Love reading this! So informative and exactly what I feel and thought about screentime. I have a 4-month old daughter but even before I have a child I already told myself that using gadgets or watching TV is one of the things I will not introduce as long as I can. Also through observations like in restaurants, where a child sitting on a high chair is being fed while looking on an Ipad or a whining child who’ll stop when presented with a phone, really makes me think if it is appropriate. Sometimes I cannot help but also think that it may somehow has the same effect on children with special needs. As a SpEd teacher, more often than not, one of the consistent question I got from parents when having meetings was, “why is my son more cooperative and follows intructions in school but not at home?” When every after class the first thing they’ll ask or get from their yayas or from parents themselves were the students’ own ipads. This may be out of the topic but it is always on my mind when it comes to using gadgets. They are not that different from normally developing children anyway, just that they have more needs and sensitivities. Looking forward to read more mother insights backed up with research here in your blog and see more of Pablo in your IG. God bless.

  8. Hi Paula! I tried my best to practice the no screen time too but sad to say, I have to let my 13 mo.old son watch DVD (the educatl video for babies) everytime I take a bath. It’s just the two of us at home and we have no maid for 4 mos now. I feel guilty but that’s what I see as a solution for now so he won’t either climb the stairs or the sofa, or cry. I tried making him busy with toys but to no avail. When he was younger putting him in a crib still worked. Anyway, glad that you shared this article. Personally I would like to even practice the no screen time even if my child goes beyond the age of 2. Just can’t take how some kids are nowadays because of these gadgets. My husband and I ain’t also a fan of apps and are not so tech savvy. I just hope we would be able to successfully do this and reap the fruit of our harvest

    1. Hi Sari. Thank you for sharing your story. I understand how you feel. I hardly get to take a decent bath when it’s just me and Pablo, haha. What I usually do is I take a bath with him. He plays while I bath, and I don’t use the shower when it’s us together – I use the good old tabo. His prepared environment also works, too. He can be left there (door open) while I work outside. Hopefully, this kind of set-up will work for you, too. Personally though, I think if you only use it for your bath time, it’s not that big a deal (compared to how screentime is used nowadays – all day, everyday). 🙂

  9. Hi Paula!! Been following you in Instagram since you gave birth to your darling Pablo..and I must say that I am learning a lot from you on how you are raising your son.
    I have a 3 year old son and 6 months old daughter. I am guilty of using screentime with my first born 🙁 that is why at his age now he doesn’t have the focus that a 3 year-old should have. I do not want to do the same mistake to my daughter!
    Thank you for this very well written article. It is definitely an eye-opener to me and will be sharing this to my husband.
    Thank you again!
    God bless you and your family.

  10. Hello everyone! Thank you for your comments. For those who privately messaged me on Instagram regarding this post, thank you too. I appreciate all your thoughts! We are on a quick getaway, but I promise to reply to your messages when we get back.❤️

  11. Hi Ms. Paula! This is a great article. But for me personally moderation is always the key. My 3year old son has a good vocabulary even at the young age, started talking around 15months with complete word not baby talk and very well conversational before he even turned two. Yes I admit he has screen time as early as 6 months mostly nursery rhymes but he is not babad naman, i’m a SAHM with no yaya and breastfeeding mom too.

    But I don’t use screen time to teach him like with the baby can read, I find it weird to say “baby can read” when the baby can’t even talk just merely memorizing the picture/word. I fon’t teach thru apps. I don’t use screen time to pacify him like for example when he needs to seat with us in a restaurant or even during long car drive.

    In my opinion lang, they also get other informations/learning naman when they watch the appropriate show 🙂 but kudos to you and Pablo!

    1. I agree, moderation might somewhat work for screentime, but personally, I avoid it for now because I know I might be the one who’ll get so used to its pacifying powers. Haha. So no screentime is my way to limit myself, too.

      Yes, they really get information from just about anywhere – they have absorbent minds. But I would like to stress here that I believe “teaching apps” are not musts or as important as advertised – your child will not get left behind just because s/he doesn’t watch / experience that.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!:)

  12. Wow Paula, thank you for this post! I am guilty for giving my toddler some screen-time too but I am also considering the fact that since we are now living in a fast paced technology world, we should also allow them to be “aware” of these gadgets, smartphones around them. But I like how you made it clear that it is not totally forbidden to have screen-time, it just needs to be guided and should not be an all day screen time.
    P.S. Been following your blog and IG when I was still pregnant and now my baby is already 1 year old and I am so glad that I got to witness how well you are raising Pablo, the montessori ways, and how you are getting by as a mother with no yaya. Sana magawa ko din. Hehe. Looking forward to more of your blogs.

  13. I used both, with screentime and applying montessori, actually I am homeschooling my daughter now since I don’t want her to go to school at an early age, she only turned 4 last October. I homeschooled her but a limited one since I have to DIY some of it and incorporate whatever she enjoys watching. She only watches educational videos and she really learns from it, from numbers, to shapes, fruits and colors. Then, I introduce her some activities without screens. She can learn faster with visuals. I also buy some educational toys, wooden or plastics as long as its a learning tool and not just random toys. So we have limited toys actually and everything should not be the same.

    As much as I would like to implement a no screen time for her (I tried so hard before but I find it a more learning tool for her), I just can’t. She only have me at home since husband is an OFW and I do not want her to watch TV because letting her use her kindle now is much lighter and conducive than random tv shows.

    I’m glad I found your blog again, I’ve been following your sister ever since (Ang TV days to PEYUPS to our same year pregnancy, die hard fan indeed.

  14. I love this post Paula. Sometimes it can be easier to provide the iphone/ipad/TV to the children, I was guilty of this for my first child. But, it is never too late, as I am now with my second child and we have managed screen time (TV) down to 1 hour a day on weekdays and 2 on weekends. The rest is spent in the garden, housework, hiking, or whatever non-screen time. Sometimes it is stressful but I treasure each minute. If our parents did it back in the day, we should be able to as well!

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